Na Pali Coast State Park
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On Top of The World - Napali Coast, Kauai, HI
This hike of the Napali Coast, in Kauai, HI is an amazing experience. The views, as you can see are great, but there are also great beaches (they get more secluded the further you go), amazing waterfalls (think 300 & 500 feet pouring over cliffs), local history, fresh fruit, and great secluded camping on the beach near sea caves. Leave from Kees Beach on the North Shore, and get a permit for overnight camping from the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park. The trail can be sketchy in parts from sheer 600' drop offs along the coast, to slick mud heading up the rivers to waterfalls. Hire a local to watch your vehicle back at the trailhead, and for an added adventure have Kayak Kauai meet you at Kalalau Beach with sea kayaks to complete the trip around the coast by kayak, otherwise this is an out and back hike. Amazing either way! High or low you'll feel like you're on top of the world!
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Hiking the Napali coast
The pic does not do this place justice. It is absolutely the most beautiful place on earth!
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Cliffs of Na Pali Coast, Kauai
The Na Pali Coast on the western side of Kauai (pictured here) was the backdrop for many movies, and for obvious reasons: the landscape and views here are simply stunning. On the morning this photo was taken, we had commissioned a short ride on a zodiac boat and delightfully found ourselves accompanied by spinner dolphins as the steam rose off the warm waters of the Pacific. The morning sun on the azure waves created slivers of sparkling diamond reflections, and the shore in the distance beckoned with almost cruel delight. I was in the early stages of what would turn out to be a very nasty respiratory illness as I took this photo, but the beauty of the moment caused my body to forget the pain, and I remember feeling energized and filled with awe as our little zodiac boat bobbed and lurched in the strong pull of the ocean. This is not an excursion for those prone to motion sickness (several people on the boat became ill), but rather a journey for those who yearn to see places few have seen outside of movies, and are willing to endure the tempestuous zodiac ride to reach it. This it is one of the most beautiful locations on earth, and vistas like this remind me of why I travel in the first place.
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